WHITE CANE DAY

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Welcome to the official website for the Austin, Texas, White Cane Day celebration. Check back often to see what's been added.

Thank you to everyone that came out for this year's events and celebration. We had another record-breaking year with 547 people who participated in the march from the State Capital to City Hall! The weather was awesome, the speakers and presentations at City Hall were great, and everyone had a blast at Republic Square Park afterward.

2014 WCD Sponsors

Thank you to all of our 2014 White Cane Day Sponsors for the dedication and commitment to promoting awareness of independence for blind citizens. Your participation contributed to a memorable event

Marching Routes and Activities

The marching routes and activities (Word 2003 document, 29 KB) information has been posted. check this file for everything you need to know about White Cane Day activities, including the marching route, bus routes to/from the events, park activities, food choices, and more.

2014 White Cane Day T-shirt

The White Cane Day T-shirts will be shipped starting on Wednesday, October 1st. If you will be picking up your T-shirt, please come by CCRC on Friday, October 3rd between the hours of 8am to 5pm. Thank you.

Ordering of this year's shirts have closed. The shirt image and description are below.

To learn more about the author of this year's shirt design, click one of the following links below.

Planning Begins

It is time again to plan for this year's White Cane Day celebration and events. Meetings will be held at the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, 4800 N. Lamar Blvd., in Austin. Meetings will start at 10:15a. The next meeting will be on Wednesday October 8 in the Gym Basement. Come and help make the 2014 White Cane Day bigger and better than last year.

WCD Committee Meeting Notes

If you have missed a meeting of the WCD Committee, check here to find out what has been happening. Files will either be in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2010 formats.

Media Coverage

Here is a list of some of the media coverage, whether it be online or otherwise, that White Cane Day has gotten:

White Cane Day is Social Networking

On Facebook: Yes, you can now find White Cane Day on Facebook. Be sure to visit the official White Cane Day Facebook page and become a friend or fan of White Cane Day!

Need a cane?

On 8/19/08, the National Federation of the Blind issued the following press release. There doesn't appear to be any closing date on the offer, so it's assumed that it is open from now on. Read on for details on how you can get a free white cane.

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), has launched an initiative to ensure that any blind person in the United States and Puerto Rico who needs a long white cane will have one, regardless of their ability to pay. The NFB will provide a free cane to anyone in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico who is blind or has low vision and who uses or desires to use a white cane in order to travel independently. This historic initiative is the largest effort ever of its kind to provide white canes to individuals who are blind or have low vision.

The long white cane provides an effective means for blind students to get to school, blind adults to get to work, and blind seniors to remain active.

It is estimated that 109,000 of the 1.3 million legally blind people in the United States use a white cane. By supplying canes free of charge, this program provides the opportunity for all blind Americans to have a white cane and to participate fully in society.

The National Federation of the Blind will provide a straight, light fiberglass cane to any blind individual in the United States or Puerto Rico who requires the cane for personal use. Canes are available from between 53 and 69 inches. Individuals may only request one free cane in any six-month period.

Click here to Apply for a free cane from the NFB.

History

Here are some sites with information on the history of White Cane Day and the white cane.

Online Resources

View past shirts for White Cane Day

Need a cane? Here's a list of places that sell them:

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about White Cane Day, this site, or the Austin celebration/events, then email:

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